Andrew Potts is the coordinator of the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG). In 2017, the ICOMOS General Assembly meeting in New Delhi, India made “Mobilizing ICOMOS and the Cultural Heritage Community To Help Meet the Challenge of Climate Change” one of the organisation’s stated goals. The CCHWG was formed to advance this ambitious mandate. The Group is currently working on a variety of initiatives in line with ICOMOS’s view that cultural heritage constitutes an invaluable repository of information and strategies to address climate change, even while cultural resources are at risk from climate impacts.
A lawyer by training, for 20 years Andrew practised law focusing on cultural heritage and sustainable development finance. He also previously served as Executive Director of US/ICOMOS where his work aimed to connect US historic preservationists to international cultural heritage work in areas like disaster risk reduction, cultural landscapes, and telling the stories of all communities.
Andrew holds a J.D. from Indiana University. He served as Associate General Counsel of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the recipient of its John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy. Andrew previously served as ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN SDGs.